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For The Third Time, LeBron James Is AP’s Male Athlete Of The Year

The King stands alone.

When you make it to the NBA Finals eight years in a row, open a school for at-risk children, and stand up in the face of injustice, it’s no surprise that you might get an award for those accomplishments.

LeBron James is The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the third time. James beat out Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts by 39 points in votes.

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For the third time, @KingJames is AP Male Athlete of the year as selected by AP members and editors. Even without a title, 2018 a big year as he opened his ‘I Promise’ school and furthered using his voice as an activist. @ByTimReynolds: https://t.co/ZgxGHAT3Qh https://t.co/rNEOeDPmEW

In addition to being on everyone’s short list as one of the league’s all-time greatest players, LeBron is among the hardest working players and is a thoughtful and impactful leader,” says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.


James is now the third man to win the award at least three times. He joins the ranks with Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Lance Armstrong—who eventually was stripped of all his titles.


It’s been a busy year for LeBron James. Despite the increasing amount of fame and money, he’s always used it for good. Congratulations on this award.